By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 30, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee International Airport and American Airlines have announced that a new daily flight between Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. will begin starting on February 15, 2018.
The flight, which will be offered once daily, will feature American Airlines' CRJ-900 aircraft, which seats 76 passengers. The inaugural flight will leave from Ronald Reagan Washington Airport in D.C. and will arrive at TLH at 9:57 p.m. on February 15. The first flight leaving from TLH is scheduled for 7:10 a.m. on February 16, 2018.
"This new air service is a tremendous step forward for our airport and the regional customers we support around North Florida," said Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. The ability to move seamlessly between Florida's capital and the nation's capital is extremely advantageous for our community as we work to create new and dynamic economic opportunities to Tallahassee."
"We're very pleased to announce the return of service between Tallahassee and our nation's capital," said American Airlines' vice president of Government and Airport Affairs Michael Minerva. "This daily, nonstop flight will allow Tallahasseeans and customers throughout North Florida to make a day trip to Washington for business or a longer trip for sightseeing and leisure."
American Airlines' website has the inaugural flight from TLH to DCA on February 16 priced at $422 for a main cabin ticket and $686 for a first-class, round-trip ticket.
Tallahassee residents, especially business travelers are excited about the new route.
"I have to travel to DC almost every week for my job," said resident Karah Tease, "I always have trouble finding a effective way to and from Washington, this will make life much easier."
Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare, says that these flights target that exact market.
"It's really about doing the economics around business travel," Seaney said, "Those people who are willing to pay an extra $100 for that non-stop are going to be the people they are targeting with this route."
But the growth of Tallahassee International isn't stopping here. Director of Aviation David Pollard says there are more routes in sight.
"New York is certainly up there on our list next, as well as service possibly to Houston or Chicago," Pollard said.
Air travel in Tallahassee is just taking off.